Love Stage!! ~ Act 30

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When last we left out heroes, Ryouma had just been called away to a meeting with his agency’s president, and when Izumi gave him a goodbye smooch in what he thought was a private hallway, he realized his friend Kuroi had spotted them… Dun dun DUUUUUN!

Kuroi is, naturally, more than a LITTLE shocked at the realization his friend is not only gay, he’s gay with one of the most famous celebrities out there. He tries to play it cool, making a smooth getaway, but Izumi is having none of it and drags him off into an unused room to discuss the revelation. Kuroi explains that he won’t tell anyone, Izumi doesn’t have to worry, but Izumi stops him, because now that it’s out, there’s no helping it…

Izumi: “Yup, Ryouma and I are indeed dating!!”

It quickly becomes clear to Kuroi, here, that Izumi has not cornered him to force his silence but instead to just BLATHER ON AND ON about how amazing his boyfriend is and how ~in love~ they are, and he practically begs Kuroi to ask him anything and everything he could possibly want to know about their relationship (not exactly keen on keeping a low profile, is he?). After a moment’s hesitation, Kuroi takes him up on his offer.

Kuroi: “Fine, I’ll ask… Did you not hesitate at all to get involved with another guy?”

Izumi considers for a moment before confessing that while he was less than enamored with the idea initially, once he fell for Ryouma, he really stopped caring about the details. Kuroi then decides to probe a little deeper.

Kuroi: “Then, umm…did you hesitate when it came to THAT? You know, kissing another guy and…doing other stuff…”
Izumi: “NOPE! Once I fell for him I wanted to screw all the time!”
Kuroi: “Ooook…”

That cleared up, Kuroi asks if sex between guys hurts, and Izumi explains that it depends on the partner–Ryouma was inexperienced initially and it hurt like hell, but once he studied up on proper techniques, now it feels amazing. Kuroi can understand that, but he has a hard time imagining that there isn’t some loss of pride as a man, being taken by another man, and asks if Izumi feels the same way. This, Izumi definitely has experience on!

Izumi: “If you don’t want his getting stuck into you, then just stick yours in him!”

…is what Rei told him, he finishes. Kuroi realizes here that between two guys, it really doesn’t matter in the end. Izumi agrees and reminds that he’s ready to top Ryouma, any time any place! He realizes here, though, that Kuroi’s questions suggest that Kuroi actually might be struggling with something, but Kuroi waves off his concern, explaining that it was just something that happened a long time ago, when a guy came on to him. When Izumi asks what Kuroi thought of the other man, Kuroi confesses he doesn’t really know. How do you know if the ‘like’ you feel for someone is just friendship or as a companion, or real romantic love?

Kuroi: “That’s a really simple way of putting it…”

Their conversation is interrupted when another assistant comes looking for them, asking them to return to the workroom. As he takes his seat, Kuroi mulls over what Izumi said.

…then glances over at what we can presume was the person of interest…

Saotome: (Ooh! He looked at me!! Did my feelings get through??)
Kuroi: (There was no ‘badump’ whatsoever…)
Saotome: (HE GLANCED AWAY!!)

Elsewhere…Ryouma is getting chewed out by his agency’s president, furious that Ryouma is working a side job as a mangaka’s assistant. He demands an explanation for this activity, since it’s not as if Ryouma wants to become a mangaka, and Ryouma boldly explains that it’s because he wants to spend more time with Izumi.

Ryuuzaki: “Izumi is…that kid from SenaPro?”
Ryouma: “Yes!”
Ryuuzaki: “And…wait, don’t tell me, you LIKE him?”
Ryouma: “YES!”
Ryuuzaki: “Are you two…dating…??”

Ryouma loves Izumi, regardless of gender, deep and serious, and he wants to spend the rest of his life with Izumi. Ryuuzaki realizes with a beleaguered sigh that this explains all of Ryouma’s actions lately, including his insistence he star in the drama with Izumi. Ryouma states that he absolutely will not break up with Izumi, even if the president demands that he do so, and Ryuuzaki turns on him: he has no intention of opposing their relationship. The entertainment business is filled with all sorts, and he’s not that stuck up.

However, the public are a different matter entirely, and show business is a venture of popularity. If their relationship got found out, Ryouma might start losing job offers–they both might, even.

Ryuuzaki: “It’s all well and good that you want to marry him and be together forever, but stop and consider what you’re committing to. If you had to choose between Izumi and your career…what would you do?”

What, indeed? Ryouma stops to consider this–but a sound from outside in the hall calls Hidaka’s attention, and he rushes to the door to see if anyone was eavesdropping. The hallway is empty, though, and Ryuuzaki wraps up the conversation. If Ryouma wants to do managaka assistant work, he’s to do that sort of thing in his free time, not put off legitimate jobs to indulge.

Ryouma takes his leave, dejected and thoughtful, and completely misses the figure lurking around a corner.

He arrives home, but Izumi isn’t back yet, and exhausted from the day, he slips into bed and falls asleep, still torn: he’s never considered it seriously before, but what would he do, if forced to choose between the love of his life and the career he’s worked so hard for…?

Izumi returns late that evening, but the apartment is quiet, and as he pokes around, he soon finds Ryouma asleep in their bedroom and still in his clothes. And isn’t he a sight to feast upon…

Izumi can hardly contain himself, and he recalls Kuroi’s comments earlier: that for a relationship between two guys, top and bottom really shouldn’t matter. Overcome with lust, he decides to take a chance.

Ryouma wakes to find Izumi stripping him and scrambles back, mortified and shocked, but Izumi presses for permission.

Izumi: “Ryouma…I really want to do you…”

He loves Ryouma, after all, and this is something that’s just natural for a guy to want to do.

Izumi: “So, let me!”
Ryouma: /EEEEEEEEHHH???/


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23 Responses to “Love Stage!! ~ Act 30”

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    December 1, 2015

    Gaby Reply

    Someone definitely heard ryouma and the president talk, and it feel as their relationship might be exposed soon. On another note I totally want Izumi top ryouma.

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      June 13, 2016

      Rachel Reply

      RIGHT?!?!?!?! I hope the mangaka doesn’t have them skate around it again.

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    December 1, 2015

    arara Reply

    Hahaha, loved it.
    It was fun this chapter, thank you.
    is there a chapter every 2 month?

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      December 1, 2015

      fencer_x Reply

      Yes, the magazine is released every 2 months 🙂

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    December 1, 2015

    Joanna Reply

    Omfl yessss let him do you ryouta and kuroiiiiiiiiiii glad to see more of the sweetie

    Thank you for the summary!!

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    December 1, 2015

    mika Reply

    YESSS I was just wondering about this the other day! I’m really curious about that stalker still.. I feel like he’s the one that was listening or somehow will get the info and he’ll probably attack Ryouma thinking he’s protecting Izumi or something like that. He could also go after Izumi of course. It makes me happy to see more of Kuroi <3 I heart him!

    I kind of wish Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou weren't going the way of every BL series ever, because this story really started out as more unique, and now it's going down the same lines as Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, etc, with everyone being gay for everyone else, and knowing that the second any secondary character gets any sort of personality he's going to end up in a gay relationship with another secondary male character. There's obviously nothing wrong with being gay (I'm a lesbian lol) but just that it often ends up feeling super coincidental or sometimes forced to have all these other relationships in one relatively simplistic story line/setting, and thus that definitely can make it feel predictable. Which is too bad.

    But that being said, I still love Love Stage because it's funny and they do play with expectations. So even just the fact that Izumi is still trying to top Ryouma shows that this isn't going right into all of the tropes of every other BL, so I have my hopes that even with this Saotome/Kuroi aspect it will be done in an interesting way. I do love Kuroi. Saotome seems like a nice guy from what we've seen so far but even with the phenomenal summaries you've been giving us (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU) it's hard to tell without actually getting to see them in action with their dialogue and expressions, you know? So I think I won't know fully what I think about him or all of this until the English volumes are caught up, which sadly will take some time.

    For that reason, again, thank you soooooooo SO SO much for doing these summaries and having clips from the manga! I really appreciate it, because I love this series and it would have sucked to have had no idea what was happening for years while the official releases took forever to catch up.

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      December 1, 2015

      fencer_x Reply

      I definitely get your wariness about LS going the same way many BL do, with everyone and their brother (literally XD) being gay, but I suppose I don’t mind it SO much on principle. The only downside of it for me is that, bouncing back and forth between so many couples, it’s difficult to get really attached to new ones. As for your worries about Saotome and Kuroi, I have to confess you’re not missing much not seeing every single page with a complete translation! This is the first time they’ve ever gotten ANY kind of suggestion of Kuroi being remotely aware of Saotome’s feelings for him. Even Saotome being into Kuroi we ONLY knew from the extra material. For anyone who hadn’t read that (since it wasn’t officially published AFAIK), this month’s chapter must’ve been quite a shock.

      I’m a little disappointed that they just jumped right into it, but I can’t really see how it could’ve gone any other way. Maybe there’ll be an actual spinoff where we see everything evolving between them in much greater detail, kind of like how you only get little glimpses of Shougo and Rei’s relationship, but it’s so much more MEATY in their books XD I’ve also been on the fence about if I thought it’d be Saotome/Kuroi or Kuroi/Saotome, so I was kind of :/ seeing Kuroi getting all blushy and automatically assuming he’d be on bottom (since he didn’t strike me as that way at all…) and I really hope they do something INTERESTING with their relationship if they’re going to go there.

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      April 18, 2016

      Valkry Reply

      Why theyre not showing all manga?im still waiting but i cant see any manga from i found this page.Why they are not showing all manga?why theres a just story telling by sentences like,god i would die for hot moments there a problem?its illegal to show or theyre not doing anymore?

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        May 31, 2016

        fencer_x Reply

        Yes, the manga is licensed. However, the licensing company is very slow to release and will take a long time to catch up. So, instead of illegally scanlating, we’re helping you keep up with the story the best way we can. Please enjoy these summaries.

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    December 1, 2015

    kbm Reply

    I have wanted Kuroi & Saotome pairing since I first found out that the author was adding a 3rd couple 2 the series….so this chapter was really good 4 me because we’re finally getting some development.
    Izumi topping Ryouma? I really didn’t expect the author 2 go this far with that storyline but it looks like Izumi really wants to be the one on top 2. & from what we have seen ryouma doesn’t seem 2 open 2 the idea @ all….I wonder if that may cause a little conflict in the relationship.

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    December 1, 2015

    kyucan Reply

    so so so much THANK YOU for the summaries.

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    December 1, 2015

    kbm Reply

    I wonder how old Saotome is…..he looks a lot older than kuroi. I don’t know why but I get the feeling that he’s even older than Rei

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    December 1, 2015

    Epistasthai Reply

    thank you so much!

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    December 2, 2015

    Nya Reply

    Hermoso capitulo *^* sin mas

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    December 2, 2015

    Nya Reply

    ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡Izumi♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡Ryouma♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡=♡♡♡♡♡Izumi Ryouma♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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    December 2, 2015

    2cooleesmyurl Reply

    Awww… I was looking forward to some more Kuroi and Saotome cuteness :)))
    And will we finally see a seme Izumi? I find that terribly exciting.

    LS is really an interesting BL so i am hoping that it wont lose its uniqueness but this chapter is really totally amazing. and its nice to see protagonists not angsting about the relationship between two guys. they’re like “yeah i love him so what” and i love Izumi and Ryouma for being like that. I wonder who the figure is though. hmmmm… and we still have that Izumi stalker right? things are getting interesting!

    Thank you so much for translating this and for sharing this with us! you are truly a gem in the BL world, Ms. Fencer-x :))) Looking forward to your next work (and hopefully we see more Rei and Shougo too!)

    Have an awesome day! :)))))

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    December 2, 2015

    Broken-Endings Reply

    Thank you so much for the summary!

    i hope this means we’ll see even more of them
    or maybe a oneshot??
    it’s finally gone beyond tiny hints into full-on text

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      December 2, 2015

      Broken-Endings Reply

      oh one more thing
      This feels like it’s going in a Haru wo Daite Ita kind of direction

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    December 3, 2015

    Nya Reply

    Ñe? Lo estoy leyendo traducido al español y no entendi el final, alguienbme lo explica porfis :3

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    December 4, 2015

    Emily_The_Otaku Reply

    Can’t wait till the next chapter….This is getting good. 😋

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    December 6, 2015

    vessto Reply

    Thank you!

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    December 7, 2015

    domi Reply

    thank you thank you:)

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    May 15, 2016

    lizzy Reply

    I never really expected to come to like this but I am enjoying it a lot. Thanks for the summaries. Looking forward to read more in future.

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